School attendance team (Education Welfare)

Overview

The School Attendance Team discharges all the Local Authorities responsibilities in relation to School Attendance.

It holds key responsibilities for child employment, child entertainment, Elective Home Education (EHE) and Children Missing from Education (CME).

The Team also supports vulnerable groups e.g. Gypsy Roma Travellers and Travelling Communities (GRT), teenage parents, young offenders, those excluded from school and young people in care.

What the service provides

Education Welfare Officers provide both operational and strategic support; from case work, home visits, providing case evidence to Court through to leading on Early Help Assessments where attendance is the main issue, building capacity in schools and supporting the effective use of data.

Officers specialise in working with schools to develop effective systems, procedures and interventions; and work in partnership with organisations both inside and outside the LA (Local Authority) to improve attendance and reduce persistent absence.

Benefits to your school

Education Welfare Officers will support schools to analyse data, identify need and target interventions for pupils falling below average attendance. A school action plan will be created and reviewed each term, with a Register Audit offered annually.

Education Welfare Officers provide specialist interventions for pupils below 90%, investigating absences and, if appropriate, compile evidence for legal proceedings in the Magistrates Court.

Service level Agreement (SLA) information

pdf icon SLA - School Attendance Team - April 2021 to March 2022 [334kb]

Costs

Costs to be advised but schools can buy in a number of days per week or, on agreement, buy in casework referrals only.

Part or shared days will also be available at pro rata cost.

Additional information

Please see Bury's School Attendance Guide for schools for more detailed information.